Accession Number:

ADA327321

Title:

Cuba: The Survival of Communism in the Post-Cold War Era.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

123.0

Abstract:

This thesis examines the survival of Cuban communism in the post-Cold War era. The question addressed is how viable is communism in Cuba now that communism in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe has failed This thesis is a case study of communism in Cuba in the post-Cold War period that looks comparatively at Poland and China. Four independent variables are tested I regime legitimacy 2 economic performance 3 development of civil society and an autonomous political culture and 4 United States foreign policy as an agent of regime change. This thesis concludes by addressing United States foreign policy as it relates to Cuba and by recommending a more open relationship that engages the current regime in Cuba. A policy of engagement in Cuba, much like the current United States policy with China, is a win-win strategy that would help oppositional forces in Cuba to find a public space, while denying the current regime a justification for its continuance.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE